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Architecture and Construction

nullThe Architecture and Construction Career Cluster® focuses on designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment. Principles of Architecture provide an overview of the various fields of architecture, interior design and construction management.

Programs of study

Architectural Design: Architecture

Architecture Program of Study

The Architectural Design program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with developing, engineering, and designing building structures and facilities. This program of study may also include exploration into collecting and interpreting geographic information, researching and preparing maps, and interior design.

Course pathways

Note: This program is offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelCampus pathwayGRCTC pathway
18B100
Principles of Architecture
8B100
Principles of Architecture
28B200, 8B205
NGHS: 8B700 MST, 8B705 MST DC

Architectural Design I
8B200, 8B205 DC
NGHS: 8B700 MST, 8B705 MST DC
Architectural Design I
38B220
Interior Design I
8B900, 8B905 DC
Architectural Design II
48Q360 (2 credits)
Career Preparation I
8B910, 8B915 DC
Practicum in Architectural Design


Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Architects$77,04380816%
Geographic Information Analysts and Surveyors$58,92616227%
Architectural/Civil Drafters$50,1701,0689%
Civil Engineers$89,9602,39412%
Construction Managers$87,4022,40114%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in Autodesk Revit Architecture**
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in Autodesk Revit MEP Electrical
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Photogrammetric Technologist
  • Certified Development, Design & Construction Professional
  • National Council Certified Interior Designer
  • LEED AP Building Design & Construction
Associate's Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Bachelor's Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC and some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow an architect, interior designer, or civil engineer
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern at an architecture firm
Architectural Design: Interior Design

Interior Design Program of Study

The Architectural Design program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with developing, engineering, and designing building structures and facilities. This program of study may also include exploration into collecting and interpreting geographic information, researching and preparing maps, and interior design.

Course pathways

Note: This program is offered at all GISD campuses and the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelCampus pathwayGRCTC pathway
18B100
Principles of Architecture
8B100
Principles of Architecture
28B220
Interior Design I
8B220
Interior Design I
38B200, 8B205 DC
Architecture Design I
8B950 GRCTC
Interior Design II
48Q360 (2 credits)
Career Preparation I
8B920 GRCTC
Career Preparation I: Interior Design I

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Architects$77,04380816%
Geographic Information Analysts and Surveyors$58,92616227%
Architectural/Civil Drafters$50,1701,0689%
Civil Engineers$89,9602,39412%
Construction Managers$87,4022,40114%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in AutoCAD
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in AutoCAD Civil 3D
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in Autodesk Revit Architecture**
  • Autodesk Certified Professional or User in Autodesk Revit MEP Electrical
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Photogrammetric Technologist
  • Certified Development, Design & Construction Professional
  • National Council Certified Interior Designer
  • LEED AP Building Design & Construction
Associate's Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Bachelor's Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Architecture
  • Interior Architecture
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC and some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow an architect, interior designer, or civil engineer
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern at an architecture firm
Carpentry

Carpentry Program of Study

The Carpentry program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to constructing, installing, or repairing structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms (including frameworks, partitions, joists, studying, rafters, and stairways). This program of study may also include exploration into installing, dismantling, or moving machinery and heavy equipment according to layout plans, blueprints, or other drawings.

Course pathways

Note: This pathway is only available at Naaman Forest HS (NFHS), Garland HS (GHS) and North Garland HS (NGHS).

LevelNFHS & NGHS pathwayGHS pathway
1

8B150
Principles of Construction

and/or

8B100
Principles of Architecture

8B150
Principles of Construction

and/or

8B100
Principles of Architecture

28B230
Construction Technology I
8B230
Construction Technology I
38B420
Construction Technology II
8B360
Mill & Cabinetmaking Technology
48B460
Practicum in Construction Technology
8B420
Construction Technology II

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Carpenters$35,9225,03126%
Cost Estimators$63,9392,23921%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • NCCER Carpentry, Level 1** & 2
  • NCCER Commercial Carpenter
  • NCCER Core Curriculum**
  • NCCER Construction Technology
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Lead Carpenter
  • Certified Installer
  • Certified Door Consultant
  • Fluid Power Connector and Conductor
Associate's Degree
  • Carpentry/Carpenter
  • Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
Bachelor's Degree
  • Construction Science
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Construction Management

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow a carpenter or millwright
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Obtain an NCCER certification in Millwright Level 1 or Carpentry Level 1
Electrical

Electrical Program of Study

The Electrical program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with installing, maintaining, and repairing electrical wiring, equipment, and fixtures. This program of study may also include exploration into installing and repairing telecommunications cable including fiber optics.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelGRCTC pathway
18B150
Principles of Construction
28B930
Electrical Technology I
38B940
Electrical Technology II
48B942
Practicum in Construction Technology

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Electrical Linemen$64,9373099%
Electricians$44,0138,46021%
Electrical and Electronics Installers$58,17819514%
Security and Fire Alarm Installers$43,6381,11222%
Telecommunication Line Installers and Repairers$49,1501,22810%

Postsecondary options 

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • NCCER Electrician, Level 1 & 2**
  • NCCER Electronic Systems Technician, Level 1 & 2
  • Electrical Apprenticeship Certificate, Level 1**
  • NCCER Commercial Electrician
Certificate/License*
  • Electrical Plans Examiner
  • Certified Electrical Inspector- Master
  • Fiber Optics Technician- Outside Plant
  • Certification in Fire Alarm Systems- Level 1
Associate's Degree
  • Electrician
  • Communications Systems Installation and Repair Technology
Bachelor's Degree
  • Construction Science
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Construction Management

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow an electrician or other fiber optics line installer
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern or shadow an electrician
HVAC and Sheet Metal

HVAC and Sheet Metal Program of Study

The HVAC and Sheet Metal program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with installing, serving, or repairing heating and air conditioning systems and also the fabrication, assembly, installation, and repair of sheet metal products and equipment, such as ducts, control boxes, drainpipes, and furnace casings. This program of study may also include exploration into preparing cost estimates for certain construction projects involving heating and air conditioning and sheet metal.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at Naaman Forest High School (NFHS).

LevelNFHS pathway
18B150
Principles of Construction
28B250
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology I
38B260
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Refrigeration Technology II
48B460
Practicum in Construction Technology

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics$41, 8083,35626%
Sheet Metal Workers$37,4191,47917%
Cost Estimators$63,9392,23921%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Refrigerant Handling (EPA 608)**
  • OSHA 30 Hour Construction
  • NCCER HVAC, Level 1**
  • NCCER Sheet Metal, Level 1
Certificate/License*
  • Residential HVAC Design for Quality Installation
  • Certified Cost Technician
  • Precision Sheet Metal Operator Certification
  • Certified Ventilation System Inspector
Associate's Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Business/Commerce, General
Bachelor's Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Business/Commerce, General
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Business/Commerce, General

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow an HVAC worker or cost estimator
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Intern with a company that works with HVAC and/or sheet metal
Plumbing and Pipefitting

Plumbing and Pipefitting Program of Study

The Plumbing and Pipefitting program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities related to assembling, installing, or repairing pipes, fittings, or fixtures of heating, water, or drainage systems. This program of study may also include exploration into maintaining pipe supports or related hydraulic or pneumatic equipment for steam, hot water, heating, cooling, lubricating, sprinkling, or industrial production or processing systems.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at Naaman Forest High School (NFHS).

LevelNFHS
18B150
Principles of Construction
28B280
Plumbing Technology I
38B290
Plumbing Technology II
48B460
Practicum in Construction Technology

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers$63,7104,24317%
Plumbers$44,9285,76523%
Pipefitters$44,9285,76523%
Steamfitters$44,9285,76523%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • NCCER Pipefitting, Level 1**
  • NCCER Plumbing, Level 1 & 2**
  • NCCER Construction Technology
  • Tradesman Plumber-Limited License
Certificate/License*
  • Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  • Journey Level Pipefitter-Steamfitter
  • Plumbing Plans Inspector
  • Certified Service Manager
Associate's Degree
  • Plumbing Technology/Plumber
  • Electrical and Power Transmission Installation/Installer, General
  • Pipefitting/Pipefitter and Sprinkler Fitter
  • High Performance and Custom Engine Technician/Mechanic
Bachelor's Degree
  • Construction Science
  • Operations Management and Supervision
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Construction Management
  • Operations Management and Supervision

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at some GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Shadow a plumber, pipefitter or steamfitter
  • SkillsUSA
Work-based learning activities
  • Obtain a Core Curriculum NCCER certification in Pipefitting Level 1 or Plumbing Level 2
Students working as carpenters on a project

Graduation planning

Endorsement: Business & Industry

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.